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Video: Alpine's IMPRINT signal processing in action

by Michael Sokolowski

Another informal vid shot by Matt sitting in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera. Gotta say, the content of the video aside, that the camera does an awesome job capturing HD sights...

 

Chillin' Out with Internet radio

by Ken Nail

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. "   - William Congreve If you were to look through my CD rack at home (yes I'm one of those...

 
The Focal XS 2.1 Multimedia Sound System delivers audio goodness

The Focal XS 2.1 Multimedia Sound System delivers audio goodness

by Ralph Graves

I recently had an opportunity to take home a Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System and try it out for a while. It was an assignment I readily accepted. Focal (pronounced Foh-CAHL) is a...

 
The ultimate in system tuning

The ultimate in system tuning

by Michael Sokolowski

All along, I knew I was going to take advantage of the CDA-9887's IMPRINT ™ sound tuning capability as the final stage in the audio makeover of my SUV.  Let me explain: ...

 
Report on the Yukon system's performance

Report on the Yukon system's performance

by Michael Sokolowski

So all the gear I needed is installed; the car has been treated liberally with Dynamat ; and we've recently taken delivery of the finished Sokoband CDs. ( Go back to the first couple of...

 
Enjoy the Ride: 5 ways to get there and have fun doing it

Enjoy the Ride: 5 ways to get there and have fun doing it

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Not so long ago, our cars were just the way we got from one place to another. Where you were going was more important than what you did on the way. These days, things are a little different. Many...

 
Tips for better DSLR videos

Tips for better DSLR videos

by Zak Billmeier

A DSLR can shoot video as well as most camcorders. I am a photographer, not a videographer. Being good at one doesn't make you good at the other, as they are vastly...

 
How I made my own photo softbox for less than $10

How I made my own photo softbox for less than $10

by Zak Billmeier

I read a great (as always) post on Strobist about building your own softbox for less than 10 bucks, and I was instantly intrigued. A softbox is used for taking those nice product photos you see on...

 

Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Speakers

by Michael Sokolowski

OK, so we finally got the video formatting worked out. It's very informal; Matt sat in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera capturing our back-to-front-and-back-again fading demo by moving...

 

Way cool interactive frequency chart

by Jim Richardson

While doing some research, I stumbled across something remarkable that I just have to share. It's an interactive frequency chart  published by the Independent Recording...

 
Searching for SACDs

Searching for SACDs

by Ralph Graves

"So what's the deal with SACDs?" a friend asked recently. "I'm looking for a new disc player, but I never see SACDs in the stores. Should I even bother getting an SACD...

 
Big bass in a small-car world

Big bass in a small-car world

by Charlie Pastorfield

Gas mileage is a big issue with an ever-increasing number of people. A smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle is great news for your wallet, but it can really create problems if you like maximum...

 
Installing the front door speakers

Installing the front door speakers

by Michael Sokolowski

Installing the woofer in the passenger-side door. In keeping with our goal of achieving high-fidelity sound without springing for the "high end" (JL Audio ZR series,...

 
Dynamat installation and pre-wiring for amplifiers

Dynamat installation and pre-wiring for amplifiers

by Michael Sokolowski

The perfect Dynamat installation, thanks to our installer. So a couple of weeks ago we made some major headway on the project. Matt Freeman, our mobile electronics catalog...

 
Sensaphone remote monitoring

Sensaphone remote monitoring

by Tara W.

A Sensaphone® remote monitoring system can be a great way for folks to keep tabs on a second home, like a lake house or weekend cottage. They're also handy for people who travel a lot...

 
Laying the Foundation, Part 2

Laying the Foundation, Part 2

by Michael Sokolowski

So, what effect did replacing my Yukon's factory radio with the Alpine have on the rest of the factory system? (See Part 1 for background.) It really notched it up, no kidding. Fatter bass,...

 
Laying the Foundation, Part 3

Laying the Foundation, Part 3

by Michael Sokolowski

Now that the receiver's in and the iPod is hooked up (see my first two posts for the full scoop), what about equalization and other signal processing for the system?  While I wait...

 
Overhauling a factory stereo system

Overhauling a factory stereo system

by Michael Sokolowski

As you might have read in Crutchfield's Winter/Spring 2009 catalog ( read article ), I'm in the midst of a piece-by-piece overhaul of the factory sound system in my 2002 Yukon. While I...

 
How to take a picture of the moon

How to take a picture of the moon

by Zak Billmeier

1/250, ISO 200, f/8, 600mm. 5D Mark II, using "Live View" mode on a tripod, with the 10-second self-timer. Ever since the dawn of time, man has gazed at the moon. And ever since the...

 

6-1/2" Versus 6-3/4" Car Speakers

by Buck Pomerantz

Many customers note that sometimes Crutchfield's classification of a car speaker's size is different from what the speaker manufacturer states. This is especially true in the case of 6-1/2" versus...

 

"As a recording musician, I wanted to be able to evaluate my works-in-progress in the car, so I created a mobile listening lab."

-Mike S., A/V Editor

"I've immersed myself in TVs in recent years, but great sound was what first made me want to understand the gear."

-Steve, A/V Writer

"I've loved music and audio gear for as long as I can remember. At Crutchfield, I feel like a kid in a toy store."

-Dave, A/V Writer

"Adding new speakers and an amp created a whole new listening experience in my car."

-Jo, A/V Writer